Transitional Pieces

This blog is dedicated to the travel and safari era of Banana Republic as defined by the 1978-1988 catalogues. However, the name Banana Republic Travel and Safari Company continued for some period of time after the Zieglers departed. The company moved in a more upscale direction with the branding, but attempted to retain some of the adventure and safari elements. I’m not sure when they finally dropped the “Travel and Safari Co.” designation.

The items below are some examples of transitional pieces that contain elements of the old and new. They are all likely dated circa 1989-1991 but I don’t know for sure.

All of these photos are from various online sales.

This amazing shirt from 1989 bears price tags they were using that still had the Primo Angelli logotype that defined the postGap Ziegler era. Further, the tag in the shirt is the Travel and Safari tag which likely was introduced during the late Ziegler era and continued for some time afterward. There are countless items bearing this tag that were not in the catalog, but more than a few that were.

This shirt is in the 1989 catalog as the Crested Twill Shirt, and the crest was used in some branding as seen on the socks below.

This Old English shirt bears the hallmarks of the classic shirts but without the old logo.
You can see the old Stars and Bananas tag on a shirt with the round newer logo.
The front of that shirt has this round logo which is post-Zeigler era.
Here we see a re-use of a design from the Old English shirts as well as large shopping bags, but with a new logo treatment that is post-Ziegler.
Some examples of post-Ziegler era branding.
Ziegler era bags and later re-branded bags for the Travel and Safari Company.
A pair of Traveler Pants with the ornate circular logo but old style price tag.
Judging by the price tag with the old logo on it, the “Banana Republic Civilian Reserve” line was made sometime around 1989-90.

About The Author

Robyn Adams
Robyn's fascination with Banana Republic began in 1984 when her Alaskan adventurer father began buying the clothing and giving her the catalogs. She loved the clothes and as an artist she was drawn to the illustrations. She went on to study illustration at art college in BR's hometown of San Francisco and worked for years as a background artist for animation. She is now based in Oakland, CA as a graphic designer and illustrator with Secret Fan Base . She's been collecting and archiving at Abandoned Republic since 2011.

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